Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1880 3CN MS obverse 1880 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just a token emission of three-cent pieces was produced this year, and it's doubtful that any of these coins were made in response to actual demand. By 1880 Americans were finding that they could manage quite well with the cent and nickel as their minor coins.

Most 1880 three-cent pieces known today are Mint State or very close to it. They are generally well struck and faintly prooflike. Circulated examples are quite rare, gems disproportionately available in relation to overall numbers.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1880 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 105 130 150 190 210 265 285 310 325 370 390 430 520 685 885 1090 2850 - - -
$ 215 - - - - - - 440 535 750 1000 1350 6700 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 222
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1880 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-111023671238-310223644432---222
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Total-111023671238-310223644443---224
 -0%0%4%10%3%3%0%1%1%4%-1%4%10%16%20%20%1%--- 

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